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World record holder Harrison earns USATF Athlete of the Week


INDIANAPOLIS -- Picking up where she left off in 2016, 100mH world record holder Keni Harrison got 2017 off to a quick start with a victory at the Rod McCravy Memorial Invitational at the University of Kentucky on Saturday. Harrison won the 60m hurdles in the third-fastest time in U.S. history, easily setting a world lead and new personal best with a time of 7.75.

Harrison (Clayton, North Carolina) was named USATF Athlete of the Week four times in 2016 and has set herself up for a solid 2017 with Saturday’s performance. Harrison’s 7.75 is the second-fastest season opener in track & field history and is just .03 off of Lolo Jones’s American indoor record. Harrison currently has the wild card for the 100m hurdles at the IAAF World Championships in London by winning the IAAF Diamond League in the event in 2016.

Other notable performances:

  • Drew Hunter (Purcellville, Virginia) - Making his professional indoor debut on Saturday, Hunter recorded his third sub 4-minute mile at The Armory to win the Men’s 1 Mile Elite race in 3:58.92 during the New Balance Games on January 21.
  • Johnnie Jackson (Cherry Hill, New Jersey) - Moved to #7 on the all-time American collegian list in the men’s 35-pound weight throw with his 23.56m/77-3.75 toss at Birmingham. Jackson improved his lifetime best by more than two meters with the throw.
  • Aaliyah Miller (McKinney, Texas) - The Baylor freshman ran a world-leading 2:03.43 800m at the Rod McCravy Memorial Invitational on Saturday, January 21.
  • Samantha Watson (Henrietta, New York) - Ran a HS record in the 600m with a time of 1:28.67 at the Section 5 vs. Section 6 - Battle of the West at Houghton College in New York.
  • Ajee' Wilson (Neptune, New Jersey) - The 2016 IAAF World Indoor 800m silver medalist bettered her previous 600m best, running 1:25.23 at the New Balance Games to improve her U.S. #2 time in the event.
  • Shakima Wimbley (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) - The University of Miami senior ran a world-leading 51.28 400m at the Rod McCravy Memorial Invitational, a half-second improvement over her previous indoor best.

Now in its 16th year, USATF’s Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport. USATF names a new honoree each week and features the athlete on Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.

2017 Winners: January 5, Miranda Melville; January 12, Leonard Korir; January 19, Jordan Hasay; January 26, Keni Harrison.

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Amanda Brooks
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